Hallway music keeps Garden Terrace residents movin’ and groovin’

Garden Terrace resident Jack Dean is pictured here having a laugh during a hallway dance.

Garden Terrace team members are proving they can still provide a fun atmosphere to keep residents’ spirits high while maintaining important physical distancing protocols in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

6-year-old boy raises $300-plus to support Almonte Country Haven team during outbreak

Six-year-old Lennox Donnelly, the grandson of Garden Terrace office manager Karen Paquette, is pictured here with macramé key chains he made and sold to raise money to support the Almonte Country Haven team.

Lennox Donnelly, the grandson of Garden Terrace office manager Karen Paquette, sold homemade macramé key chains to raise the money

Garden Terrace office manager Karen Paquette is a proud grandmother who just became a little prouder. Read more

Kanata restaurants and local business treat Garden Terrace team to meals

Garden Terrace staff members received more than 115 individual pizzas from Papa Sam’s restaurant on April 16.

‘Everyone is coming together, from front-line staff to our local businesses – it is beautiful to see and it is filling my heart with gratitude,’ says administrator

The Garden Terrace team has recently been on the receiving end of random acts of kindness from local businesses. Read more

Video thanks Garden Terrace team for keeping residents safe during pandemic

A family member of a Garden Terrace resident and her friend have created a video thanking staff members at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home for the hard work they’re doing and the sacrifices they’re making to keep residents safe during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Door-decorating contest makes the festive season more festive at Garden Terrace

Garden Terrace team members and residents got into the Christmas spirit in December while embracing their creative talents by decorating room doors at the Kanata, Ont. long-term care home. Read more

Garden Terrace residents are growing healthy feed for parrot rehab and adoption centre

Collaboration between the home and Parrott Partners will provide a valuable service to some feathered friends

Garden Terrace has launched a collaboration with Parrot Partners, a nonprofit rehabilitation, training and adoption centre for parrots, that will see residents grow, harvest and prepare nutritious, organic herbs and vegetables to feed the birds in the organization’s care. Read more

Garden Terrace BSO champion’s work with residents earns her Everyday Hero Award

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Sandra Goddard’s colleagues commend her thoughtfulness, dedication to residents and skills

Garden Terrace managers describe personal support worker (PSW) Sandra Goddard as a hard-working, resident-focused team member who is always looking out for residents’ best interests. Read more

Garden Terrace resident recognized for turning tragedy into triumph

Garden Terrace resident Cathleen Lavoie (middle) was presented with the home’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at a recent ceremony.arden Terrace resident Cathleen Lavoie (middle) was presented with the home’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at a recent ceremony.

Cathleen Lavoie moved into LTC seven years ago after an act of domestic violence changed her life. But her true story is one of redemption, perseverance and compassion

Garden Terrace resident Cathleen Lavoie has overcome a lot of challenges in the past 10 years. Her perseverance and continued compassion for others following a life-altering incident was recently acknowledged by the Kanata long-term care home.

Cathleen was the victim of a horrific act of domestic violence in 2008 that made national headlines when her ex-boyfriend shot her in the neck. The mother of three survived the attack but was paralyzed from the chest down. As a result of her injury, Cathleen required long-term care and moved into Garden Terrace more than seven years ago.

But this is not what Cathleen’s story is about.

Her story is one of redemption, compassion and not allowing the circumstances of a tragedy to dominate her life, say Garden Terrace team members.

“(Cathleen) is someone who has struggled to come back from certain death in an extremely traumatic occurrence. She has not only succeeded in that but has made her time on this earth dedicated to making her family and friends and acquaintances feel appreciated and loved,” says Garden Terrace director of care Chris Ritchie.

For her triumph in dealing with challenges, Cathleen has been named Garden Terrace’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award, which is presented to people living in OMNI Health Care long-term care homes who have demonstrated commitment to others, their home and country, was presented during a Nov. 8 ceremony at the home.

Cathleen, Chris says, stays in touch with family and friends, and she has made many friends at Garden Terrace. She is “always dressed beautifully, and her smile is so infectious,” Chris adds.

“This amazing woman is strong and wise and sets the bar very high for women who come in her path as she has overcome hardships most of us can only imagine,” Chris says.

“She not only paves our way to follow in her example of strength, love and compassion, but she shows us how to be great and lead our community here at Garden Terrace.”

Administrator Christine Schyf commends Cathleen for her positive outlook on life. Cathleen, who continues to work part time, has chosen not to be bitter about what has happened to her but is instead forgiving.

“She has made the choice not to live with bitterness but to treat others how they would want to be treated: with compassion and respect,” she says.

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Elaine Goldberg’s co-workers say her willingness to help others and friendliness are her top attributes

Garden Terrace team member Elaine Goldberg (centre) is pictured here receiving the home’s Everyday Hero Award during a Nov. 8 ceremony.

For these reasons, Elaine was nominated for and received Garden Terrace’s 2018 Everyday Hero Award

Elaine Goldberg’s colleagues at Garden Terrace describe her as a helpful member of the Kanata long-term care home’s environmental services team who is highly organized and always carries a positive attitude. Read more

Village Green hosts launch party for Better Seniors’ Care campaign

Village Green administrator Linda Pierce is seen here at an information table during the home’s launch party for the OLTCA’s Better Seniors’ Care campaign on Oct. 26.

The home’s choir performed for guests during kickoff event dubbed Music on the Green

Village Green kicked off its support for the Ontario Long Term Care Association’s (OLTCA’s) annual Better Seniors’ Care letter-writing campaign with an event that featured music from the Selby long-term care home’s resident choir as well as information tables to educate people about the importance of sending signed letters to MPPs in support of improvements to the long-term care sector ahead of the 2019-20 budget. Read more